We are looking to capture the spirit of four unique national parks- located at cardinal extremes of our countries borders.
We are looking to capture the spirit of four of our nation's national parks- located at the cardinal extremes of our country. From mountain spires to temperate rain forests to coral reefs- each hold a diverse and unique ecosystem.
My name is Micky Girardi. I am a landscape photographer based on Hilton Head in South Carolina. I don't want to bore you, so if you'd like more info about me or my site (MRG Foto), you can read my bio to the right.
I will be teaming up with writer, teacher and friend Vin O'hara. Vin is based in our hometown in Connecticut; a life long friend and published writer, he will be providing the literary aspect for the project.
Enough about us though- let's talk about what you came here for.
We're all making a book. That's right- ALL. We need your help!
The idea behind the project is fairly simple. NWSE stands for each of the four cardinal directions- North, West, South, East- which we have applied to our nation's national parks.
We have chosen four parks located at the cardinal extremes of our countries boarders with vastly different ecosystems, elevations and climate. Through a series of photos we will aim to capture the spirit of each location and show the vast contrast of our nation from coast to coast.
The book will not only contain photographs in MRG’s elegant and unique sepia style, but vibrant color photos as well.
We will post our progress on our blog throughout the project to keep everyone involved. We have a great route outlined and hope everyone joins us for the journey.
North Cascades National Park (N): While both North Cascades National Park and nearby Glacier National Park both sit on the boarder with Canada, we have chosen the smaller, less popular of the two. North Cascades has the most glaciers of any park outside of Alaska and is mostly covered by protected wilderness- a perfect attribute for capturing its natural serenity.
Olympic National Park (W): Not far from North Cascades lies Olympic National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to the best preserved and largest temperate rain forest in the US. With annual rain fall between 12 and 14 feet, it has no problem staying green all year round. On top of that, Olympic National Park boasts an impressive range of other natural features, from rocky coastlines to sub alpine meadows and Mount Olympus.
Biscayne National Park (S): Though close, Biscayne is not the farthest south- the Everglades extends about 20 miles farther south- we wanted to highlight the smaller of the two and accentuate its unique attribute. Of its 172,000 acres, 95% of them are under water- a vast contrast from all other national parks in the US.
Acadia National Park (E): Lafayette National Park was the first park established east of the Mississippi in 1919. It wasn't until 1929 that its name was changed to what we know it as today. While it is a smaller park at 47,000 acres, it is the eastern most park in the continental US and only national park in the north east.
As I mentioned earlier, the ultimate goal of this project is to create a coffee table photo book to show the unique beauty of these parks. We are looking to create a 10x8 hardcover book with matte paper, linen cover and dust jacket. The more we raise, the more money we can put into publishing costs, including a larger size and higher-volume order.
Where the Funds are Going
Publishing: The biggest expense we will incur, will be publishing. A small run of first edition books can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $12,000 for our specs outlined above.
Developing: I shoot medium format (120) film and will need to purchase and send my rolls off to be developed. Costing about $17 per roll (purchase + develop), this will quickly add up as I take 20+ rolls of pictures. ($350+)
Rewards: Purchasing stickers, printing and shipping reward images and books ($800)
Kickstarter/Amazon Transaction Fees: 10% out the door right away for processing fees ($600)
Math Class: 3000+1500+350+800+600=$6250
Accommodations: Camping at its finest. To keep costs minimal, we will be camping during the project.
Food: A needed expense we will tackle on our own.
Gear: We have just about all the gear we need. Should we need anything, we will get it on our own.
We're looking to do the project in two 10-day segments this July and August. We will be spending 10-12 days in the West to cover North Cascades and Olympic Parks, and 10-12 days in the East covering Acadia and Biscayne. Ideally we would like to spend 4-5 days in each park, with 1-2 travel days in each leg.
As you are aware, we are asking for $6,000. If we go above and beyond, we feel that our backers obviously deserve above and beyond. If we reach these goals;
$8,000+ - We will add a 8x10 print to every backer starting at the $5 level.
$10,000+ - We will add a 11x17 print to every backer starting at the $5 level.
$12,000+ - We will upgrade the size of the book to a 13x11, with all the specs outlined above (hardcover book with matte paper, linen cover and dust jacket).
$15,000+ - Every level of rewards will be; upgraded a print size- starting with 5x7 images for the $5 level. The book will be upgraded to the larger size as well.
We hope you find our project worthwhile and whether you back it or not, we ask that you tell a friend, tweet it, or simply scream from the rooftops about it. The more money we can raise, the bigger and better the book can be and more rewards we can graciously give back.
Please review the rewards and link to the project page at the right, samples below, and once again, we thank you for taking time to view our project.
Reward Sticker Samples (Your input will decide which are used. We will send out a questionnaire at the end of the campaign. Note- #5 is available on our site at the right, but is separate from our Kickstarter campaign and will not include rewards.)
Samples of Other MRG Work
While Hawaii, Alaska, Dry Tortugas NP and others are technically at the cardinal extremes of our nations boarders, we kept our limits to the contiguous US.
pledged of $6,000 goal
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on March 29, 2012.
Feb 28, 2012 - Mar 29, 2012 (30 days)
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A huge thank you. We will list you as a supporter on the website and within the book.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Your name listed on the site and in the book as a supporter of the project and you'll receive the custom sticker designed for the projectEstimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Your name listed on the site and in the book as a supporter of the project, the custom sticker designed for the project and a 8x10 print of an image from the projectEstimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Your name listed on the site and in the book as a supporter of the project, the custom sticker designed for the project and two 8x10 prints of images from the project.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Your name listed on the site and in the book as a supporter of the project and you have the choice of either; A copy of the book OR an 11x17 special edition print from the project. Edition will run at 25. (If more than 25 people support this, a second image of 25 will be used). We will get a tally when the rewards are ready.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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With this donation, you will receive a copy of the book. Along with being listed as a supporter on the site and within the book, you will also receive a special edition 18x12 print from the project. Edition will run at 25. (If more than 25 people support this, a second image of 25 will be used).Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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You will be listed as a Bronze Sponsor on the website and in a special section of the book. You will also receive a copy of the book, along with a large 18x12 special edition print from the project. Edition of 16. (If more than 16 people support this, a second image of 16 will be used).Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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You will be listed as a Silver Sponsor on the website and your name will be linked to your personal/business website. You will not only be listed within a special section of the book but you will receive a signed copy of the book, as well as two signed, personalized 18x12 prints, hand chosen from a small selection of our favorite shots.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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As a Gold Sponsor to the project, you will be listed on the website (linked to you personal/business site) and listed on your own page within the book. You will receive a personalized, signed copy of the book, along with another copy (2 total). You will also receive two, signed and personalized 15x30 prints, hand chosen from a small selection of our favorite shots.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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You are the platinum Sponsor and will share the title page with us in the book. Your name will be listed on the site and linked to your personal/business web page. You will receive your personalized, signed copy of the book, along with two other copies (3 total), as well as a huge 21x42 print from the project. The print will be our absolute favorite shot from the project and will of course be signed and personalized.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012